Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Prison after Child Abuse

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Prison after Child Abuse

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"ROT in hell," a weeping mother screamed at a jailed paedophile who sexually abused her daughter and another girl.

Michael Hickman, 43, from Hemlington, systematically raped and sexually assaulted the youngsters for years.

Both girls, who are now 12, are receiving counselling after suffering changes in personality and in their schooling, said prosecutor Adrian Strong.

Hickman was jailed indefinitely at Teesside Crown Court on Friday and was ordered to serve a minimum of five years, 11 months and 16 days before he can apply for parole.

Judge Michael Taylor told him: "You have robbed these two girls of their innocence, they are both suffering the effects of that now.

"They are coming into adolescence with confused messages about what is right and what is wrong, and they are going to have to pick up the pieces of what you have created in them."

The judge added: "I am satisfied that you do pose a substantial risk of causing significant harm to children in future. …

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